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November 23, 2014

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Tense Pasts: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction | SLJ Spotlight

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These middle grade novels explore adventures set in older times.

November Starred Reviews

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Alakija, Polly. Counting Chickens. illus. by Polly Alakija. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804372.

PreS-Gr 2 –Tobi may have the finest hen in the village, but his friends’ animals are all having babies, while Tobi’s chicken only lays eggs. As days pass, Aduke’s four kittens, Dapo’s six piglets, and other animals grow [...]

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Well-Traveled Reader | SLJ Spotlight

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Readers can take a trip without moving an inch in these novels with vibrant, far away settings.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Transgender Teen Memoir, a Guide to Puberty, and Guys vs. Girls | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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The latest nonfiction for older readers spotlights gender and bodies, from a frank and original look at puberty to a memoir by a transgender teen.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Breezy Beach Reads | SLJ Spotlight

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Three tales of sibling rivalry, sibling discovery, and mysteries on the moon to keep middle grade readers entertained during the summer.

Squirrel Tales, Sibling Woes, and Conflict in Darfur | Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Fiction for the middle-grade set includes both the light and lively, with Lynne Rae Perkins’s “true” tale of squirrels, and the stark and serious, with Andrea Davis Pinkney’s The Red Pencil.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

July Starred Reviews

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Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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The Mysteries of History | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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Check out the truth behind the Romanovs with Candace Fleming’s latest, and explore some of the most “amazing” scientific discoveries with Mike Goldsmith.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Hitchcockian Mystery, Magical Footwear, and More| Grades 5-8 Fiction Reviews

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Newly reviewed middle grade titles include several intriguing mysteries, some magical adventure stories, and a selection of graphic novels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

June Starred Reviews

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From a dystopian adventure set in Hawaii to a surreal, graphic-novel-inspired picture book to a deep exploration of one history’s most infamous families, the June Stars offer excellent examples of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and media for children and teens.

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Creep around Graveyards, Search for Spies | Summer Reading for Grades 4-8

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Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for ruminating on history and losing oneself in adventures. This list of titles will travel well, whether it’s to a sunny spot in the backyard, to the beach, or to a destination miles away.

Mermaids, Zombie Hamsters, a Young Foodie & Other New Middle Grade Books | Grades 5-8 Fiction Reviews

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From two new chapter books about undead pets to an undersea adventure to the tale of an accidental food critic, this month’s reviews of middle grade titles offer a little something for every kind of reader.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

May Starred Reviews

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Tracy Holczer’s tender exploration of grief, Matthias Picard’s eye-popping 3-D underwater adventure, and Stephanie Kuehn’s unputdownable thriller top our list of stellar titles reviewed in the May issue.

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New Middle Grade Fiction Features Miniature Heroes | SLJ Spotlight

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Three titles with little leaders who prove that brave doesn’t always mean big.

New Books by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Charles De Lint, Margi Preus | Grades 5-8 Fiction Review

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A mystery set during the McCarthy era from the author of , a modern fairy tale by master storyteller Charles De Lint, and an historical tale rife with allusions to Norweigan folklore by Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus lead our selection of new middle grade reviews.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The latest from authors Gail Jarrow, Peter Sis, and Patrick Dillon | Grade 5 & Up Nonfiction Reviews

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Peter Sis provides a colorful on beloved author Antoine de Saint Exupéry, while Gail Jarrow’s ‘Red Madness’ is a grippingly grotesque look at a long-gone illness.

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Pick of the Day: Caminar

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Unlike many novels in verse, which can read like conventional narratives with line breaks, Caminar contributes poetry that elevates the genre.

Pick of the Day: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections.

Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.